Citizenship: A Gateway to New Opportunities

April 22, 2015

On April 7, the New Americans Campaign and New America Media hosted an ethnic media roundtable in Miami to discuss the barriers that prevent immigrants from becoming citizens, what ethnic media can do to address those hurdles, and how the naturalization of new Florida citizens would change our communities. For one attendee, Sarai Portillo, citizenship […]

Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans Announces 2015 Class

April 16, 2015

This week, the Paul and Daisy Soros Fellowship for New Americans announced its 2015 class of fellows. Every year, this fellowship program honors and supports the graduate education of 30 new Americans – permanent residents, naturalized citizens and children of naturalized parents. Paul and Daisy Soros, Hungarian immigrants themselves and American philanthropists, launched this program […]

White House Task Force Releases Recommendations

April 14, 2015

Today, the White House Task Force on New Americans released a report, “Strengthening Communities by Welcoming All Residents: A Federal Strategic Action Plan on Immigrant and Refugee Integration.” The report stems from President Obama’s November 21, 2014, memorandum, “Creating Welcoming Communities and Fully Integrating Immigrants and Refugees.” That memorandum created the New Americans Task Force […]

Meet Selene, Houston Volunteer Citizenship Instructor

April 13, 2015

Last month, Neighborhood Centers Inc., a New Americans Campaign partner in Houston, celebrated Selene Escalera, a Citizenship Instructor who has volunteered with the organization for two years. Meet Selene in the excerpt below by Neighborhood Centers and help us honor all of our volunteers during this National Volunteer Week (April 12-18):   Becoming a U.S. citizen […]

Military to Expand Expedited Citizenship Program

April 8, 2015

According to press reports, the military will expand an obscure program that offers expedited citizenship to certain immigrants with specialized skills. The program, Military Accessions Vital to the National Interest (MAVNI), seeks to fill knowledge gaps in certain language and health care areas. Ordinarily, an immigrant must be a U.S. permanent resident for a minimum […]

After 35 Years, ‘I’m a Citizen!’

April 6, 2015

Last month we shared the story of Raquel Vergara, 76, a Salvadorian immigrant who came to the United States 35 years ago seeking refuge from civil war. She received her green card in 1988. When Raquel realized it was up for renewal in 2016, she knew it was time to make a change. “I always […]

ICYMI: Let’s Step Up Our Game for Citizenship

April 3, 2015

In November, President Obama unveiled his executive actions on immigration, which included a naturalization media campaign to encourage citizenship applicants. This campaign will be carried out by United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) in 2015 and is expected to provide information about U.S. citizenship and naturalization in the 10 states that 75 percent of […]

USCIS Opens Application Process for Citizenship Grants

On Wednesday, U.S. Citizenship and Integration Services (USCIS) announced that it is accepting applications for its Citizenship and Integration Grant Program. The grants are available on a competitive basis to nonprofit or public-sector organizations that provide citizenship preparation classes and application assistance to immigrants eligible to naturalize. The agency will award up to 40 grants […]

Remembering César Chávez on His Birthday

March 31, 2015

César Chávez was a renowned civil rights leader who fought for fair wages and class equality, particularly within the Latino community. He dedicated his life to community organizing and defending the rights of farmhands and field workers after seeing the injustices that this community faced. Chávez championed the principles of pacifism, and his famous affirmation, “Sí […]

Today’s Immigrant Women

March 30, 2015

The world celebrated International Women’s Day this month (March 8), and as the curtain falls on March, we honor the immigrant women in our country and the contributions they make to our communities. More than 20 million female immigrants live in the United States today. They represent 51 percent of the overall foreign-born population. As […]

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Our Impact

  • The Campaign has nearly doubled the number of naturalization applications completed in NAC sites by since the first year through over 2,300 naturalization workshops and clinics.
  • Nearly 145,000 citizenship applications completed since July 2011.

    Saved aspiring citizens and their families over $126 million in legal and application fees.
  • Adopted scalable technology. MP3 players, Google Voice, and Virtual Private Network (VPN) services are being used to enhance naturalization service delivery.
  • Expanded the New American Workforce (an effort to provide naturalization assistance within corporations) which has partnered with over 100 businesses across the nation, ranging from hotels in Miami to American Apparel in Los Angeles.
  • Deployed CitizenshipWorks, an online tool, across the NAC in multiple settings and languages. This quarter the NAC also began to integrate the new CitizenshipWorks mobile phone app into services, and are poised to pilot CitizenshipWorks 2.0 with a New York partner.
  • Were instrumental in inspiring the US Citizenship and Immigration Service to support the Citizenship Corners initiative.
  • Created innovative partnerships with public libraries, school districts, universities, social service agencies, and employers, all of which yield not only greater numbers of applicants but also greater awareness of the naturalization process.
  • Deployed a large-scale volunteer recruitment program through an e-learning course.

    Reached diverse communities. Local partners consistently outreach and provide culturally competent and language-appropriate services.
Learn more from our
Impact Report.

Who We’re Helping

People come to America from all over the world with dreams of achieving a better life for themselves and their families and calling this great nation home. Eight million people who live, work, and pay taxes in this country are eligible for citizenship, yet only about eight percent of them naturalize each year. Find out more about these individuals and the barriers they face.Read More